A Black Lives Matter demonstrator was shot and killed in Austin on Saturday evening by a motorist as he walked around carrying a rifle.
Shortly before he was killed, the protester, Garrett Foster, was asked why he was carrying a gun. He responded by saying on camera that the “people who hate us” are “too big of p-ssies to actually do anything about it.”
“One adult male victim was located with a gunshot wound,” said a press officer in response to the shooting. “Initial reports indicate that the victim may have been carrying a rifle and approached the suspect vehicle. Suspect was in the vehicle and shot at the victim. Suspect was detained and is cooperating with officers.”
The driver of the car was eventually put into police custody however the driver was then released after new evidence came forward, showing that Garrett Foster had pointed his weapon at the driver of the car.
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Check out what Dallas News reported:
AUSTIN — Police have released the driver who allegedly killed an armed protester Saturday night in downtown Austin, while they investigate what led to the fatal shooting.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley identified the man who was shot as Garrett Foster.
Foster was attending the protest against police violence and had been pushing the wheelchair of his fiancée, Whitney Mitchell, 28, who is a quadruple amputee. The couple, who met in North Texas as teenagers, moved to Austin a couple of years ago and had attended protests in recent weeks, their mothers told The Dallas Morning News.
Austin police are investigating what occurred between Foster, who they said was carrying an AK-47-style rifle during the protest, and the driver, who called police to report that he’d shot someone…
… Witnesses reported that just before 10 p.m. Saturday, a car turned down the street toward the protesters and the driver started honking its horn. The vehicle stopped in the roadway, police said, and Foster approached the driver’s side window as others began striking the car. The driver then opened fire, striking Foster.
Manley said at a news conference Sunday that the driver reported Foster pointed his weapon at them before the shooting. KVUE-TV reported that police have said Foster did not discharge his weapon, but the chief did say someone else in the crowd did return fire as the car left the scene.
Before he was killed, Foster talked to an interviewer on why he was walking around with an AK-47.
“They don’t let us march in the streets anymore, so I got to practice some of our rights,” he said.
Asked on whether or not he would need to use the gun, Foster said, “Nah. I mean, if I use it against the cops I’m dead. I think all the people that hate us and want to say shit to us are too big of p-ssies to stop and actually do anything about it.”
The shooting was caught on Facebook Live and it appears that a motorist may have felt threatened by Garrett and shot him.
“Someone got out of their car and shot one of the protesters,” the livestreamer said.
The livestreamer, Hiram Gilberto, followed up later on Facebook, posting: “I was no more ten feet from the shooter and running towards his car. It was TOO CLOSE. Currently on my way to give a witness statement to APD. KEEP THOSE AFFECTED IN YOUR THOUGHTS.”
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